Uber Loses Appeal of U.K. Workers’ Rights Ruling

November 14, 2017 at 1:47 AM

Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. has lost its effort to overturn a U.K. ruling that says its drivers should be guaranteed a minimum wage and be granted such worker rights as vacation time and work breaks.

The ruling comes as Uber continues to regain its license to operate in London after it was deemed unfit to run a taxi service, largely because of inadequate procedures to report major criminal offenses and conduct background checks on its drivers.

Two British drivers prevailed last year in a claim that they should be entitled to worker rights because Uber exercised considerable control over them. That decision was upheld last Friday by England’s Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Uber asserts that all its drivers are self-employed and decide their own work hours. The company says it intends to apply within 14 days to appeal the latest decision before the U.K.’s Supreme Court.